Bronx Week 2021 Calendar of Events

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Full Schedule Events in Red are officially hosted by the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, The Business Initiative Corporation of New York or The Bronx Tourism Council

SATURDAY, MAY 8 BRONX FATHER’S TAKING ACTION -SKILLS & DRILLS SOCCER CHALLENGE 10am-1pm Fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and male role models compete with their child(ren) at Patterson Playground at our very first ever Skills & Drills Soccer Challenge. South Bronx United Soccer Club will be teaching basic soccer training and drills appropriate for any age group to participate. This event will consist of family engagement, organizations tabling and encouraging all fathers to enjoy a great day with their son(s) and/or daughter(s). Sports Attire is strongly recommended. Equipment will be provided if needed. Everyone participating in this event must wear their face covering at all times due to safety regulations. Families must RSVP to attend this event. Patterson Playground (Turf Field, 448 College Avenue) Click here to register FREE

BRONX WEEK HEALTH DAY 1pm- 4pm Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and sponsors Montefiore Medical Center, Empire BlueCross Blue Shield, BronxCare and the Westchester Square BID are supporting local communities with a comprehensive health fair. Public and private organizations that offer healthcare services for seniors, veterans, families, children and adolescents will be providing free testing, health screenings, and vaccinations. Please join us rain or shine! 127 Westchester Square, Bronx NY


CONTEMPORARY DANCE SERIES Through to June, Saturdays & Sunday 2pm - 5pm A series of spontaneous outdoor performances celebrate the infinite possibilities of our connection with nature and each other. Tickets for Admission. Included in all ticket types. For more information visit: NYBG, 2900 Southern Boulevard

BMHC'S BRONX RISING! PRESENTS MASKING THE SEASONS Through to June 6, 12pm - 4:30pm Bronx Rising! performance series returns to in-person programming with an outdoor event in Bronx Music Hall Plaza, the location of our future home. This BR! series, entitled "Masking the Seasons in The Bronx," this month features “Wanaragua," a music and dance performance by The Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater in honor of Garifuna Heritage Month. Reservations Necessary - reserve at (917)557-2354 (masks required) or watch livestream at Free 438 East 163rd Street

STORY TIME Through to October 31, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am, 1pm, 3pm Kids and their families enjoy a reading of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity. Filled with reproductions of Kusama’s art, this colorful book tells the story of an artist determined to cover the world with her dots, from here to infinity. For ages 4–8. Sarah Suzuki and illustrator Ellen Weinstein. Tickets for Admission included in all ticket types New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.

POP-UP PERFORMANCES Through to October 31, Saturdays & Sundays, 10am, 1pm, 3pm Performing artists roam the landscape, complementing your journey throughout the Garden. The mission of Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., is to bring joy and wonder into the world. Bindlestiff celebrates tradition while maintaining an irreverent spirit, keeping circus arts current, accessible, and relevant through performances, support for emerging artists, and youth and community outreach. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard

FLORA & FAUNA OF OUR COUNTRIES MURAL ACTIVITY 10am – 6pm Join BRAC for free mixed-media workshops this spring which will explore the emotional connections immigrants share. Reflecting on memories of family textiles, flora & fauna from different countries, mythical animals, legends and traditions, participants will develop a mixedmedia project and get together a week later to build their mural using vibrant tapes. Come to River Park on Boston Road near The Bronx Zoo to participate in this Mural Activity. RSVP at Bronx River Art Center, River Park, Boston Road


FAMILY FUN HIKE 10am – 12pm Family Fun Hike in Van Cortlandt Park for 2 to 6 year olds and their adult(s). Led by a Van Cortlandt Park Alliance educator! Listen with your little ones as we enjoy story time by reading, “All the Ways I Love You,” by Susan Larkin, just before our special Mothers Day hike. Afterward, you’ll make Mom a special bouquet from natural materials collected on the trail. For tickets click here Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Van Cortlandt Golf House- enter the Park at Bailey Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South

BRONX ALUMNAE CHAPTER OF DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. PRESENTS MAY WEEK "PATHWAYS TO COLLEGE & BEYOND" KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE 10am – 6pm Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers. New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd.

SATURDAY FUN LABS: MAKE IT RAIN 10am -11am Join The Bronx Children's Museum and learn all about the water cycle as you create your own raincloud in a jar using everyday materials through this FREE virtual activity via Zoom. Ideal for children 3-9 years old. Pre-register at Bronx Children's Museum Pre-register here


12pm – 3pm This event is appropriate for teens and anyone interested in attending higher education. There will be presentations on the following topics: College readiness, Student Life, Career Planning, and Financial Options. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter Register here ROSCOE C. BROWN RUN THE BRONX 12am – 11:59pm Bronx Community College (BCC) will host its 43rd annual “Run The Bronx” – virtually – May 1-9, 2021. Co-founded in 1978 by the late BCC President and Tuskegee Airman, Roscoe C. Brown Jr., the Run attracts over 2,000 participants annually. It includes 10K & 5K runs, and a 2-mile walk to promote health and fitness in The Bronx and beyond. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate from a local track, park, treadmill – anywhere! Register now and receive a commemorative medal and buff, then post your photos, videos and times on your race day to be a part of this year’s virtual Run community. #RunTheBronx #RunTheBronxVirtual Bronx Community College Register here

VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR: BELMONT NEIGHBORHOOD AND LITTLE ITALY OF THE BRONX 3pm – 4:30pm Join branch staff from Belmont Library for a virtual tour of the Belmont neighborhood of The Bronx, fondly known as Bronx Little Italy, which has been a critical part of the development of the borough and city. The authentic Italian culture found in the vibrant community of Bronx Little Italy sustains a thriving business district that includes world-class restaurants, high-quality artisanal food shops, and specialty stores carrying handmade local and imported items that you’d be hard -pressed to find elsewhere. Belmont Library- The New York Public Library More information click here

PIAZZA DI BELMONT 6pm – 10pm Enjoy Piazza di Belmont, the piazza -style al fresco dining plan on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1pm to 9pm on Sundays through the fall. Come indulge in an authentic meal and stroll the well known street. Belmont BID Arthur Avenue from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue

SUNDAY, MAY 9 ROSCOE C. BROWN RUN THE BRONX/RUN FOR MOM 12pm – 6pm Run for Mom on the last day of Run The Bronx! Bronx Community College's (BCC) Run The Bronx was co-founded in 1978 by late BCC President and Tuskegee Airman, Roscoe C. Brown Jr. The Run attracts over 2,000 participants annually and includes 10K & 5K runs, and a 2-mile walk to promote health and fitness in The Bronx and beyond. This year the Run is virtual! Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate from a local track, park, treadmill – anywhere! On Mother's Day, go out for a run/ walk with mom or in her honor. Then post your photos, videos and



times on your race day to be a part of this year’s virtual Run The Bronx community. Registration is open now through 12pm on May 9th. All participants will receive a commemorative medal and buff. Bronx Community College

MOTHER’S DAY VIRTUAL WILD ENCOUNTER 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm Treat mom to a wild Mother’s Day this year with a 15-minute Virtual Wild Encounter featuring a Bronx Zoo alligator and a surprise animal guest! She’ll also receive an exclusive Mother’s Day tumbler, from one supermom to another. During the Virtual Wild Encounter, mom will have the chance to ask keepers questions in real time and find out all about caring for these amazing creatures. Virtual from The Bronx Zoo click here FREE MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC 11:00am - 3:00pm This year, Mother's Day and the traditional Mother’s Day picnic are so very welcome! In addition to the opportunity to start your morning at the Family Art Project, or join a Garden Highlights Walk in the afternoon, you are invited to enjoy a custom Mother’s Day picnic provided by Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances. Be sure to make your reservations now for whatever menu of events you’d like to share with Mom. May we suggest you cap off the day with a browse in The Shop at Wave Hill? We think Mom will be grateful! $99 per picnic for 2-3 adults/$23 for each child's picnic Wave Hill House Lawn Purchase your ticket here



GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS WALK 2:00pm – 3:00 pm Join a knowledgeable Wave Hill Garden Guide on a tour of favorite garden areas and seasonal highlights. Severe weather cancels. Walks do not include the Conservatory at this time. This walk ends at 2:45PM. Registration is required Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave SPRING BIRDING 9:30am – 11am Monthly bird walks, along with naturalist and seasoned NYC Audubon guide Gabriel Willow, return to Wave Hill this spring! Welcome migratory birds back to the garden and look for the ones passing through on the way to their summer breeding grounds. Explore the gardens and woodlands to look for birds that are attracted by Wave Hill's diversity of habitats. Birders of all levels welcome. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels. Registration is required Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave

10am- 12pm Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his Bronx Veterans’ Advisory Council pay tribute to our borough’s veterans, honoring their service to the United States of America and to The Bronx. All are invited to virtually view this ceremony live by tuning into Facebook via the pages for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. or BronxNetTv; OR watch; OR on TV: Ch. 67 Optimum in The Bronx, 2133 FiOS

VIRTUAL GROCERY STORE TOUR + COOKING DEMO 12pm – 1:30pm Join our virtual supermarket tour where you will learn how to save money on fruits and veggies, find whole grains, compare prices and read food labels to make the healthiest, informed choice. We will then use these skills to buy ingredients for our recipe demo. Learn how to save time and money while eating healthy from home! BronxWorks Click here to participate

NYPL ZINE INFORMATION SESSION 6pm – 7pm Interested in being published in the next issue of the NYPL Zine's "Library Zine! Voices Across the New York Public Library?" Then join our information session! We will be discussing the submission requirements, general timeline, and what to expect after you submit for this year's theme, "Dear Future Self..." You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the program. You will need a device with audio and video and an internet connection to join. If you have any questions, please email us at New York Public Library More information here.


TUESDAY, MAY 11 BUSINESS DAY LUNCHEON 12pm- 2pm “In spite of the Covid 19 pandemic’s impact on our borough, Bronx businesses remain viable and even more want to move into our business hubs. While our unemployment rate has been impacted due to the cuts in the service industry, we expect that many more will be back on the job as the city reopens. As a result, we are honoring 12 businesses this year, five of which helped fight the pandemic in our borough. Each will be presented with a citation from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Closed event due to Covid restrictions. Contact INVITATION ONLY BRONX ZOO FREE VIRTUAL TOUR 3pm – 4:30pm Flamingos, Penguins and Terns Virtual Experience In celebration of Bronx Week, The Bronx Zoo will provide a free virtual tour with our birds, their keepers and educators of The Bronx Zoo. The virtual experience includes a behind-thescenes look at our flamingos and an up-close look at our penguins and Inca terns enjoying their afternoon snacks. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with our zookeepers about the animals and what it is like to work at The Bronx Zoo. Access virtual tour here


A PRAYER FOR THE BRONX 12pm – 7pm A "Prayer for The Bronx," hosted by Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church (4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing [Boyd Avenue] At 6PM with a digital Liturgy at 7:30PM in recognition of "Bronx Week." For more information, please visit or call 718.324.1288. FLOWERS AND FLYERS AT ELISA CONTEMPORARY ART 12pm – 5pm The Elisa Contemporary Art exhibit, Flowers and Flyers focuses on four female botanical artists. They each celebrate the beauty and inspiration of Mother Nature in their unique ways. The exhibit features Cara Enteles, Cynthia MacCollum, Rebecca Swanson, Deborah Weiss Elisa Contemporary Art 5622 Mosholu Avenue,

BUILDING THE BRONX TROLLEY TOUR 2pm – 3pm In celebration of Bronx Week 2021, hop aboard the Woodlawn Conservancy Trolley and visit the final resting places of individuals who built The Bronx. Many did so literally, like Robert Moses, the infamous urban planning czar who orchestrated the building of roadways, bridges and parks. Others who rest at Woodlawn contributed to the borough’s reputation as either figures of popular culture or as holders of political office, such as Fiorello LaGuardia. View the famed monuments by the Attilio Piccirilli, including the “Outcast,” and “Fortitude.” The Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy

12-2:30 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts a luncheon to thank our Bronx Week sponsors for their continued support. Closed event VIRTUAL HIRING EVENT 9:30am – 4pm Applicant will be able to review open positions, job descriptions and schedule interview. Saint Dominic's Family Services Access link here






A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is remembering those we lost to COVID-19. Last year his office created a virtual memorial for Bronxites. Today they are taking action to make sure Bronxites get vaccinated for loved ones that are still with us. You can go to his website and share a short story of a family member or friend that you lost to COVID on the virtual memorial. Use #Bronxremembers #whyIvax to share a picture and why you got vaccinated that will encourage others to do the same. Write “I got vaccinated for ________ and that’s #whyIvax.” Click here to access The Bronx Memorial Page

COVID DAY OF REMEMBRANCE 5:30pm – 7:30pm Join the Montefiore Einstein Institute for Clinical & Translational Research for an exciting discussion with our experts on the important role The Bronx community has played in Covid-related research studies and clinical trials, which has led to advances in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Covid-19. We will be sharing an overview of The Bronx Covid-19 experience as well as leading a lively panel discussion where our experts will address any participant questions. Our covered topics will include clinical trial diversity, vaccine hesitancy & risks, community access to research studies, Covid fatigue, long Covid and continued community partnerships. Montefiore Health System Join the event here If you will be joining by phone, dial 646-558-8656


TIDY THURSDAYS AT STARLIGHT PARK 10am – 12pm Bust some invasive weeds like a pro at our gardening event at Starlight Park. We will be doing general maintenance work to ensure the parks look nice and that the gardens are prepared for more plantings in the spring. Masks, gloves, grabbers, hand sanitizer, and temperature checks for Covid-19 provided. For more information, email with any questions. You can also call us at (718) 542-4284 Bronx River Alliance Register here VIRTUAL EXHIBITION SHADOW JOURNALS 6:30pm – 7pm Trevon Blondet curates Shadow Journals by Michael Young, an exhibition that explores the way he sees the world and its movement in relationship to lights and shadows. Capturing street images that play with this contrast, Michael’s photographs will expose a deeper reality making you see things you had never paid any attention to before. Join them for this Instagram Live interview between the curator and the artist. BxArts Factory Check them out here WALKS WITH THE GARDENERS: THE ALPINE HOUSE, TERRACE, AND WALL 11am-12pm Spring is a time of floral abundance in and around the Alpine House, when every nook and cranny seems to be in bloom. Cultivating these plants from cool rocky mountaintops is both demanding and rewarding, requiring special skills and techniques. Guided by Wave Hill gardener Susannah Strazzera. Registration is required Wave Hill, 4900 Independence Ave

GATW READING OF A PLAY TITLED A CHILDHOOD MEMORY 11am – 12:30pm Grandparents Around the World meet every Thursday from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Zoom. We bring communities together weekly to offer resources, other activities and to discuss current topics. Through GATW Writer Workshop, five of our members have written fantastic plays. We will perform a one-act play tilted "A CHILDHOOD MEMORY," written by Brenda McGee and directed by Evern Gillard-Randolph. The compelling story reveals how children utilized their imagination without today's technologies. Join Zoom Meeting Here Dial-in number 646 558 8656 GRANDPARENTS AROUND THE WORLD

FRIDAY, MAY 14 BOROUGH PRESIDENT RUBEN DIAZ JR. HOSTS 22ND BRONX BANKERS BREAKFAST 9am – 11am The Bronx continues to grow and transform as a result of the continued investment of Bronx stakeholders, financial institutions and businesses. As a result, billions more were invested in our borough. BICNY continues to propel small business equity into The Bronx, and statewide. The keynote speaker, Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine, the largest employer in The Bronx, will address financial leaders, business owners, real estate brokers, and other professionals on the current financial environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The borough has experienced positive growth in the past decade. We will show how BICNY’s SBA 504 program is working on behalf of The Bronx. This is a closed event but you can watch live on

FARMERS MARKET FRIDAYS 10am – 1:00pm Farmers market distributing fresh produce to the community for free. Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Kelly Street Garden 924 Kelly St.


BRONX WEEK CELEBRATION: READ ALOUD & GAME 11am -12pm Join the Morrisania & Tremont Children's Team as we read aloud picture books to celebrate one of The Bronx most famous authors followed by an awesome, interactive trivia game. The New York Public Library Register online here. To join virtually, click here.

SATURDAY, MAY 15 BRONX WEEK GRAND FINALE 12PM—6PM We will mark the end of The Bronx Week Celebration with a Drive-in concert and awards presentation for our 2021 Bronx Walk of Fame Inductees: Joe Conzo Jr., Sal Abbatiello, and Kid Capri and performances by Frankie Negron, Ja Rule, Coro and DJ Ted Smooth. This is a ticketed event with capacity restrictions. You MUST register in order to attend. Click here for more information.

BRONX FOOD & FARM TOURS AND JBOLC MARKET OPENING 10am—1pm Join us as we launch our annual Bronx Food & Farm Tour from along Mosholu Pkwy and the corner of Goulden Avenue. Montefiore Health System will be on site offering BMI and blood pressure screenings, the NYBG will conduct a gardening demo and BBlossom Catering will run a healthy food demo with tastings all while the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center launches their annual Farmers Market with vendors from the state selling health fruits, veggies and Bronx-based goods. James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, 100 W. Mosholu Parkway S. Register here

SATURDAY FUN LABS: CATCH A RAINBOW 10am – 11am Join The Bronx Children's Museum and learn all about rainbows as you create your own rainbows using everyday materials through this FREE virtual activity via Zoom. Ideal for children 3-9 years old. Pre -register at saturdayfunlab. Bronx Children's Museum Virtual Pre-register here.

VEGETABLE GARDENING PRIMER WITH ANN LOUGHRAN 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Join Ann Loughran in Bartow-Pell’s vegetable garden for a talk about soil preparation, plant selection, location, and general maintenance tips for a bountiful and happy harvest. Ann is an enthusiastic gardener who especially enjoys raising vegetables and cooking and jarring them for year round enjoyment. She has earned a Gardening Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden. Limited to 12 people. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Road Cost $25

POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS, EDUCATION & COMMUNITY LEADERS HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WALK 12pm – 3pm Lifestyle Lifespan movement has inaugurated New York Healthy Lifestyle campaign last year to help promote healthy lifestyle among all New Yorkers. The mission is to make New York among the healthiest state in the nation. And no place needs this campaign more than The Bronx. Consistently ranking 62nd out of the 62 state counties is intolerable. This walk is therefore designed to bring leaders as healthy lifestyle role models in The Bronx. The walk will take place on Grand Concourse, from Mosholu Parkway to 161st Street. It's open to public for all ages. Lifestyle Lifespan

MERIT BADGE RALLY 9am – 3pm Boy Scouts from throughout The Bronx can earn Merit Badges at this Merit Badge Rally that will take place at St. Helena Church in Parkchester. For more info, Contact Joe Carballo at 917-327-6932. Boy Scouts of America at St. Helena Church 1315 Olmstead Avenue

BRONX SOLE: BRONX HISTORY RUN & WALK 10am – 12pm We are a running and walking group who teach Bronx history while being active (#not62). There is a level for everyone as we offer a walking group, two run/walk groups and two running groups. The event is free and for all ages. We depart and run or walk to two or three locations in The Bronx. We stop and give the history and then head back to the park we started from. The groups will be no larger than 10 people and we will have hand sanitizer and masks available. Bronx Sole East 153rd St. & Grand Concourse (entrance of Franz Sigel Park)

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WILD: ENTR'ACTE 12pm – 5pm Jeremy McQueen’s Emmy®nominated Black Iris Project presents “WILD: Entr’acte”, the third installment of a four-part ballet, documenting and amplifying the voices of justice involved young men of color as they struggle to break free from systemic injustices that permeate their communities. Transforming young men’s personal stories into an artistic dance work, this cutting -edge contemporary ballet is led by a creative team of primarily Black artists from The Bronx-based Black Iris Project. Part 3 of the series, entitled “The journey home”, is a live performance and bike excursion which will lead attendees through various areas of the South Bronx for outdoor performances highlighting the history of The Bronx and the stories of justice involved youth. Advance reservations required. Click here for more info. Jeremy McQueen's Black Iris Project: For more info click here


CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF THE BRONX! Sunday, May 16 is the culmination of Bronx Week and you can enjoy the whole week’s festivities and more on BronxNet TV. BronxNet, in partnership with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and The Bronx Tourism Council is presenting a robust 24-hour Bronx Week marathon, from 7am May 16 to 7am May 17. The lineup features Bronx Week 2021 highlights and encore presentations of Bronx Week celebrations from previous years. Enjoy Bronx Week Parades, Concerts, Community Events, Bronx Ball Celebrations and more. Sunday 5/16, 7am to Monday 5/17, 7am On BronxNet CH 67 Optimum / 2133 Fios + 7am: 2021 Bronx Week Induction Ceremony 8am: 2021 Press Conference Kickoff 9am: 2021 Veterans Appreciation

10am: 2021 Bankers Breakfast 11am: Spirit of The Bronx Parade 2021 12pm: Bronx Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony & Parade 6-1-19

261ST COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP DAY 10am – 1pm Join Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Riverdale Main Street Alliance for introduced species removals, cleanup and planting in the Northwest Forest of Van Cortlandt Park. Volunteers must wear masks and practice social distancing. RSVP required here. Van Cortlandt Park Alliance

12:30pm: Bronx Week 2021 Business Luncheon 1:30pm: Bronx Week Concert - Featuring Remy Ma & Coro 6-6-18 4pm: 2021 Bronx Week Induction Ceremony 5pm: Bronx Live / Bronx Week Concert Featuring Fat Joe & Funkmaster Flex 6-8-19 8pm 5/16 - 7am 5/17: The Bronx Ball Re-broadcasts - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018

BronxNet is broadcasting The Borough President's Veterans Appreciation Day 5/10, Bronx Week Business Lunch 5/11, Bankers Breakfast 5/14, The Bronx Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Orchard Beach Concert 5/16 all LIVE on BronxNet

CH 67 Optimum / 2133 Fios + BRONX WEEK 2021 CALENDAR






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